Hamas's leader says declaring truce wise, responsible

A Hamas leader said on Sunday Israel's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip was a failure and had not cowed the Palestinians.

Hamas's leader says declaring truce wise, responsible
A Hamas leader said on Sunday Israel's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip was a failure and had not cowed the Palestinians.

"The enemy has failed to achieve its goals," Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the territory, said in a speech broadcast on Hamas television.

He called the war a popular victory for Palestinians.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Gazans with a quarter of children and wounded 5300.

Haniyeh said Hamas's decision to declare a truce on Sunday was "wise and responsible".

Hamas announced an immediate cease-fire by its fighters and allied groups in Gaza on Sunday, giving Israel a week to pull out its troops from the coastal territory.

Agencies
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